A Level Chemistry

Key Information

Examination Board Cambridge International Examinations
Syllabus Code 9701
Entry Requirements IGCSE Grades BB in Coordinated Science or Grade B in Chemistry and Biology IGCSE

Introduction

Cambridge International AS and A Level Chemistry encourage learners to explore their subject in depth. The syllabus has been designed, in consultation with teachers and universities, to help learners develop not only subject knowledge, but also a strong understanding of some of the key concepts that are critical to mastering the subject.

Universities value learners who have a thorough understanding of key concepts in Chemistry, an in-depth knowledge of Chemistry’s most important themes and strong practical skills. Cambridge International AS and A Level Chemistry help learners develop the knowledge and skills that will prepare them for successful university study.

Course Content

AS/A2 Core Syllabus

Physical Chemistry Inorganic Chemistry Organic Chemistry and Analysis
  1. Atoms, Molecules and Stoichiometry
  2. Atomic Structure
  3. Chemical Bonding
  4. States of Matter
  5. Chemical Energetics
  6. Electrochemistry
  7. Equilibria
  8. Reaction Kinetics
  1. The Periodic Table and Chemical Periodicity
  2. Group 2
  3. Group 17
  4. An Introduction to the  Chemistry of Transition Elements
  5. Nitrogen and Sulphur

 

  1. An introduction to organic chemistry
  2. Hydrocarbons
  3. Halogen derivatives
  4. Hydroxy compounds
  5. Carbonyl compounds
  6. Carboxylic acids and derivatives
  7. Nitrogen compounds
  8. Polymerisation
  9. Analytical techniques
  10. Organic synthesis

All candidates study practical skills.

Assessment

Candidates for Advanced Subsidiary (AS) certification take Papers 1, 2 and 3 (either Advanced Practical Skills 1 or Advanced Practical Skills 2) in a single examination series.

Candidates who, having received AS certification, wish to continue their studies to the full Advanced Level qualification may carry their AS marks forward and take Papers 4 and 5 in the examination series in which they require certification.

Paper 1 – Multiple Choice 1 hour

Paper 2 – AS Level Structured Questions 1 hour 15 minutes

Paper 3 – Advanced Practical Skills 2 hours

Paper 4 – A Level Structured Questions 2 hours

Paper 5 – Planning, Analysis and Evaluation 1 hour 15 minutes

Careers and Progression

Cambridge International A Level Chemistry provides a suitable foundation for the study of chemistry or related courses in higher education. It is equally suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in the chemical sciences, or as part of a course of general education. Cambridge International AS Level Chemistry constitutes the first half of the Cambridge International A Level course in Chemistry and therefore provides a suitable foundation for the study of Chemistry at Cambridge International A Level and then for related courses in higher education. Depending on local university entrance requirements, it may permit or assist progression directly to university courses in chemistry or some other subjects such as Medicine and Engineering. It is also suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in science, or as part of a course of general education.

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